Product Type: Bosch Garden Machinery
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Bosch ART 23 Combitrim Electric Grass Trimmer
Member Name: brittle1906
Bosch ART 23 Combitrim Electric Grass Trimmer
Disadvantages: Poor design, frustrating Pro Tap spool system
Review of the Bosch ART 23 Combitrim 0600878B00 Strimmer
Lawns! If I was given a chicken every time I trimmed the grass, I'd be a poultry farmer by now.
I purchased this lawn strimmer a couple of years ago. This strimmer was purchased to keep the edges of the grass tidy around the flower beds adjacent to our static caravan. The caravan site staff were responsible for grass cutting, but residents took care of the actual gardens surrounding their caravans.
I decided on the spur of the moment, to buy a small strimmer for the purpose and I plumped for the Bosch Art 23, basing my choice on the seemingly easy method of extending the cutting line, but more of that later!
My other half ran his own garden design and maintenance business before retiring, so is well 'up' on garden tools. He was not best pleased that I had bought this on impulse as we have various strimmers at home and as he said we could have simply brought one with us to leave at the caravan. Still, as I didn't pay too much for the Bosch strimmer, I believe it was in the region of £30, I wasn't too worried, especially as we had other tools made by Bosch at home which we had been happy with.
**Very Basic Technical Info**
The Bosch ART 23 has a 400w motor.
A 35cm handle height-adjustable to 115cms,
A 90 degrees rotating cutter head
2 spools, 1 for normal cutting, the second for more overgrown areas
Weight 2.7 kg
Strimmer operates via mains electricity.
The strimmer has a decent length electrical cable, more than adequate for our needs at the caravan, however I feel it possibly would not be long enough for anything larger than a medium sized garden.
The strimmer works by means of depressing the trigger type button on the handle, being a fairly lightweight tool, it is not too heavy to swing over the grass. To cut edges, simply tilt the strimmer to the appropriate angle and the rotating head does the work for you. The actual head of this strimmer is quite large and we found that it was rather unwieldy to use in tight corners, such as around and under the miniature conifer trees we had planted around the edge of the borders.
Strimming can be pretty tiring on the arms and so a lighter machine seems a wise option. The strimmer is rather noisy, it has a high pitched whiny tone and I would recommend users to wear some kind of ear protection if using the strimmer for extended periods of time.
==My Thoughts and Conclusion==
One of the reasons I purchased this strimmer was the simple 'Pro Tap' spool mechanism for lengthening the cutting line. Most of our other strimmers have to be turned upside down and the manky nylon cord yanked out to extend the cord. The Bosch ART 23 simply needs to be tapped on the ground to release more cord. No more green stained fingers or delving around for the end of the cord sounded a plus to me.
The Pro Tap spool system for releasing the cord worked very well once or twice, but after this it was nothing short of useless. It sticks, you need to remove the spool to unjam it, the spool is tricky to get in and out of the housing, all of this for a system that supposedly just needs a tap on the ground!
The next problem we had with the strimmer was the operating button. It is located on the handle of the strimmer and the pressure required to operate it was at first quite subtle, however after a few uses the button became stiff and I found it almost impossible to keep up the pressure necessary to keep the motor running.
To be honest, we found that this strimmer is pretty poor. I was very disappointed in the the quality and performance of the machine, had it been a value, budget own brand model, I would not have been so bothered. To my mind Bosch is a well respected manufacturer and I had high expectations of a garden tool from their range. The issues we had with the spool and the trigger button led to frustration and heated tempers. To conclude, I would not recommend this strimmer to others, we no longer own it as when we sold our static caravan, we left the strimmer in the shed for the next owner to struggle with!
If I owned a monkey I would definitely teach it to cut the grass.
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Summary: A waste of money, even the 1* rating is being generous!